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Sunday, January 01, 2006

New Era For Tasmania's Ports - Bryan Green, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

New Era For Tasmania's Ports - Bryan Green, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

One of Tasmania’s most important transport reforms – the amalgamation of the State’s four ports into one single corporate entity – is now complete and signals the start of Tasmania’s new maritime industry future.

The Minister for Infrastructure, Energy and Resources, Bryan Green, said the merger, completed on New Year’s Day, signalled the start of a new era for transport.

“The Tasmanian Ports Corporation, TasPorts, brings all of the State’s major port operations under the control of a single body for the first time,” Mr Green said.

“This reform puts Tasmania in the best position to confront the future challenges of a changing interstate and international trading environment.

“TasPorts will provide truly Statewide strategic management of Tasmania’s port sector.

“And, importantly, we have been able to achieve this reform with the protection of ports’ staff jobs and entitlements.”

Mr Green congratulated port staff on their commitment to complete the many tasks necessary to have the new corporation operational by 1 January 2006.

“TasPorts’ Board and its CEO, Bernie Smith, have been working with the existing ports CEOs to progress the future direction of the Corporation.

“A number of implementation teams have been established and work has progressed on strategic planning and the development of a new corporate structure.

“The managerial recruitment process is also well advanced, with the appointment of a Chief Financial Officer and General Managers of the new company’s business lines.”

Mr Green said the Tasmanian Ports Corporation Bill 2005 was passed by Parliament in late September.

“As one single ports company Tasports will have considerable benefits, including:

· A significant number of new job opportunities within the port and ancillary businesses and industries over the longer term;

· Greater access to investment and infrastructure funding and the ability to strategically plan port development and business growth;

· A significant contribution to Tasmania’s overall economic growth through passing on savings and efficiencies ; and

· Provision to staff at both strategic and operational levels of new opportunities for professional learning and growth and career development.

“The Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics has estimated that the national freight task will double over the period 2000 to 2020,” Mr Green said.

“Our ports are already handling ever-increasing volumes of freight and it is expected our freight task will exceed the national forecasts in the next 15 years.”




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